Friday, 18 August 2017

Tips for Nervous Flyers

 It's finally holiday season, and I've definitely not 100% been counting down the days...everyone loves a good break away in the sunshine. Holiday season used to be bitter sweet for me because it meant getting on a plane. I used to be the world's worst flyer. I cried, I yelped when there was turbulence and it was a pretty embarassing experience for anyone who's ever flown with me. Slowly but surely though, I've worked out a routine which helps to combat my anxiety about flying. It's pretty common to be a nervous flyer so I'm putting together a post of the things which help me. If you're an anxious flyer, I hope they help you too!


Distractions -  When I'm waiting for the flight I need something to take my mind off it. Before I go away I tend to download lots of films and TV programmes onto my iPad which always helps. I also always have a book on me! It keeps my mind off it, and is also a great opportunity for me to start that book, or watch that film I have been waiting to watch for ages.

Comfort - There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable when you are already feeling a bit nervous. I wear clothes that are super comfortable, and always take a scarf because planes can be so cold sometimes. It makes a great blanket!

Seats - If I am feeling particularly nervous before a flight, I will book seats so that I know I am sat next to Dan or a family member, and that I'm sitting where I want to sit especially as Ryanair no longer allocated you next to each other like they used to. I don't really like to sit in the window seat so we always make sure that Dan is the one sitting there when we fly.

Communication - Speaking to the person you are with and letting them know you are anxious is always a good place to start. If you are flying with someone who doesn't know you as well, it's best to get it out in the open. Plus, speaking to the cabin crew has helped me in the past because they can explain any strange noises and reassure you throughout the flight if necessary.

For me, flying is now something that happens and I'm not hugely bothered by it! I don't particularly enjoy it, but I focus on the fact that it is taking me to somewhere new to explore which is definitely worth it for me.

Are you an anxious flyer? What are your top tips?
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  1. I'm not an anxious flyer, in fact I'm pretty much the opposite! But I've recently travelled with a friend who didn't like flying. Tips I'd recommend include avoiding caffeine pre-flight (it makes nerves 1000x worse!), having distractions and letting people you're with know that you're nervous. If it's really getting a problem, you can always consider a fear of flying programme that some airlines run.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I have actually stopped drinking fizzy drinks before flights now as I do agree it made me more nervous! xx

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  2. Unfortunately I am an anxious flyer too- esp with turbulence but who really does like it?

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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    1. Very true! It does get better with time for me though thankfully xx

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  3. Flying never used to bother me until I went to Rome a few years ago. I felt really dizzy and ended up being sick on the plane. Since then I've always had trouble flying, I try and sleep through it all or make sure I have enough episodes/films to watch to last me the whole journey xx

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    1. Yes sleep is the best! I'm OK sometimes, but then if I haven't flown for a little while that sends me back to square one. I just focus on where it's going to take me! xx

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  4. I'd only been on a plane twice before this year, and I quadrupled that in one holiday - I hadn't experience turbulence either but I have to say that it made me very anxious. On 4 out of 8 of our flights during my time in and to and from Peru we experienced in and I was positively posing my pants. I quickly learnt that all the above are very helpful ways of keeping yourself calm!

    Great tips! :)

    Issy | MissIsGoode

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    1. It's not a very nice feeling! I was fine with flying until I flew back from Brazil in 2010 and there was some pretty interesting turbulence but I just remember it's like driving through potholes and it feels better! Always worth the trip though. Peru sounds amazing!!!! XX

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